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Kinser Passes Swindell to Win Hagerstown Feature By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (August 2) - Mark Kinser and Sammy Swindell have developed quite a rivalry this year, winning 29 of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series'...

Kinser Passes Swindell to Win Hagerstown Feature By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (August 2) - Mark Kinser and Sammy Swindell have developed quite a rivalry this year, winning 29 of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first 50 "A" Features. There have been seven races both have led, which has caused their tense relationship to escalate further. Saturday's main event at Hagerstown Speedway is a case in point. Although Mark won the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the main event on the pole, it was Swindell who took the early lead. Mark passed him late in the 16th lap en route to his 19th "A" Feature victory of the season. "Sammy was running the top and might have been getting a little slower," Mark explained. "Our car stayed about the same the whole race. "My crew does a great job, and I'm thankful for that. I've always considered myself a pretty good driver but, thanks to my crew, the #5M Wirtgen Maxim is a great car." Kinser and Swindell raced wheel-to-wheel through turn four and down the front straightaway before Sammy surged ahead in the second corner as the green flag waved in the "A" Feature. Mark tried to take the lead with inside moves in turns one and two during the second and third laps, but Swindell was equal to the challenge. Dave Blaney, winner of three World of Outlaws main events at Hagerstown Speedway, passed Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Jac Haudenschild for fourth place with a low move into turn two early in lap seven. He used a similar move in the third corner to take third place from Steve Kinser six laps later. "The King of the Outlaws" returned the favor the next time around, steering his #11 Quaker State Maxim deep into turn four to pass Blaney. Haudenschild was trying to pass "The Buckeye Bullet" early in the 15th lap when they collided in the second corner. "The Wild Child" maintained control of the #22 Pennzoil Maxim as Blaney turned completely around. Although Blaney kept the engine in his #10 Vivarin J&J firing, six cars raced past him. Mark caught Swindell on the back straightaway early in lap 16. They raced side-by-side through turn three before Mark took the lead with a low move into the fourth corner. Two laps later, Andy Hillenburg steered his #2 STP J&J deep into turn three to pass Haudenschild for third place. Stevie Smith, who passed 10 cars during the first 17 laps, took fifth place from "The Wild Child" late in the 19th lap. Joe Gaerte relegated Haudenschild to seventh the next time around. Mark raced through lapped traffic at will during the final 10 laps, lapping up to eighth place. He took the checkered flag with Swindell racing through turn three. "Sammy made a couple of mistakes and what can I say except here we are again," Mark said. "Things worked out pretty well for us." Hillenburg finished third, ahead of Steve Kinser, Smith, Gaerte, Haudenschild, Blaney, Lance Dewease and Jeff Swindell. Haudenschild received his 15th Channellock Fast-Time Award of the year after pacing the qualifying session with a 116.997- m.p.h. lap around Hagerstown's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. It was even more crowded at the top of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver point standings following the Hagerstown event. Steve Kinser maintained a four-point lead as Swindell passed Blaney for second place. Haudenschild was 26 points behind "The Buckeye Bullet" in fourth. The #11H Selma Shell Maxim suffered a broken drive line during hot laps, keeping Greg Hodnett out of the qualifying session. After more mechanical woes plagued Hodnett in the Fourth Heat Race, he won the "B" Feature from the back of the pack. Greg passed 10 cars to finish 13th in the main event. Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year candidate Donny Schatz was battling Hillenburg for second place in the Fourth Heat Race when they collided on the front straightaway. Schatz and the #15 Blue Beacon Gambler crashed hard into the inside guard rail but repaired the car with the help of fellow Rookie of the Year competitor Paul McMahan. Schatz started outside the front row in the "B" Feature, but engine problems caused him to finish in sixth place. He received a break when Brian Gobrecht and Dave Ely were unable to start the main event, however, and raced past six sprinters to finish 18th. The World of Outlaws' fire-breathing, mud-slinging sprint car racing teams' next stop is Eldora Speedway and Friday's annual "Night Before The Historic Big One" event. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD Saturday, August 2, Feature Program #50 Qualifications: 1. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.385; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.566; 3. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.627; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.688; 5. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 15.740; 6. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 15.859; 7. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 15.869; 8. Garry Brazier, Brazier 1AU, 15.932; 9. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.977; 10. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 15.980; 11. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 15.980; 12. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.994; 13. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.049; 14. Jeff Shepard, Shuttlesworth 41, 16.089; 15. Kevin Gobrecht, Apple 12, 16.111; 16. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.259; 17. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 16.307; 18. Brian Gobrecht, Gobrecht 7, 16.309; 19. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 16.354; 20. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.308; 21. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 16.377; 22. Craig Dollansky, Wahlie 1W, 16.410; 23. Dave Ely, Ely/Gilbert 77E, 16.472; 24. Todd Gracey, Gracey 22T, 16.479; 25. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 2C, 16.643; 26. Bob Howard, Howard 49, 17.107; 27. Dave Gable, Jr., Frankowich 3, 17.205; 28. Christine Karns, Karns 65.5, 17.252; 29. Bernie Lemaster, Lemaster 60, 17.255; 30. Troy Fraker, Fraker 12W, 17.676; 31. Dan Richcreek, Richcreek 80R, 18.475; 32. Mike Kostic, Kostic 40, 18.825; 33. Mike Dillman, Dillman 2K, 21.280; 34. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Dion Hindi, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Brian Paulus, 7. Bernie Lemaster, 8. Mike Dillman, 9. Tim Kuhn. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Jeff Shepard, 4. Lance Dewease, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Brian Gobrecht, 7. Bob Howard, 8. Troy Fraker. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Ed Lynch, Jr., 5. Kevin Gobrecht, 6. Dave Ely, 7. Dave Gable, Jr., 8. Dan Richcreek. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Garry Brazier, 5. Christine Karns, 6. Mike Kostic, 7. Donny Schatz, 8. Todd Gracey, 9. Greg Hodnett. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Lance Dewease, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Garry Brazier. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Todd Gracey, 3. Bob Howard, 4. Brian Gobrecht ($200); 5. Dave Ely ($180); 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Troy Fraker ($150); 8. Dave Gable, Jr. ($110); 9. Bernie Lemaster ($90); 10. Dan Richcreek ($80); 11. Mike Kostic ($60); 12. Mike Dillman ($50); 13. Tim Kuhn ($50); 14. Brian Paulus ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($7,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($4,000); 3. Andy Hillenburg ($3,000); 4. Steve Kinser ($2,500); 5. Stevie Smith ($2,300); 6. Joe Gaerte ($2,200); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($2,100); 8. Dave Blaney ($2,000); 9. Lance Dewease ($1,700); 10. Jeff Swindell ($1,600); 11. Garry Brazier ($1,200); 12. Johnny Herrera ($1,150); 13. Greg Hodnett ($1,120); 14. Paul McMahan ($1,050); 15. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($1,000); 16. Lance Blevins ($700); 17. Craig Dollansky ($600); 18. Donny Schatz ($520); 19. Kevin Gobrecht ($500); 20. Jeff Shepard ($500); 21. Dion Hindi ($500); 22. Bob Howard ($520); 23. Christine Karns ($500); 24. Todd Gracey ($520). DNS - Brian Gobrecht; replaced by Donny Schatz. Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-15, Mark Kinser 16-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Jac Haudenschild WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brian Paulus , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell